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Frost Moon

Frost Moon by Anthony Francis

5 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) In an alternate Atlanta where magic is practiced openly, where witches sip coffee at local cafes, shapeshifters party at urban clubs, vampires rule the southern night like gangsters, and mysterious creatures command dark caverns beneath the city, Dakota Frost’s talents are coveted by all. She’s the best magical tattooist in the southeast, a Skindancer, able to bring her amazing tats to life. When a serial killer begins stalking Atlanta’s tattooed elite, the police and the Feds seek Dakota’s help. Can she find the killer on the dark fringe of the city’s Edgeworld? Among its powerful outcasts and tortured loners, what kind of enemies and allies will she attract? Will they see her as an invader, as a seducer, as an unexpected champion … or as delicious prey?

Dakota is a magical tattoo artist, the best in the southeast. We start the story with her being asked to come to the police station to help out on an odd case. There she learns that at least twelve people with magical tattoos have been killed on a full moon. Then she is approached by a friend about tattooing a werewolf. The tattoo looks like a controlling charm but it has Nazi symbols in it. Dakota never inks a tattoo unless it has been checked by a witch. Thankfully her best friend, Jinx, is a powerful witch.

But because the tattoo is about a were creature, Dakota has to go to the Edgeworld to get it checked by a local tattooer. The Edgeworld is on the fringes of normal humans and the paranormal creatures, usually where they can go and be safe. Dakota stumbles into trouble when a vampire challenges her and she fights to prove herself worthy of the Edgeworlders.

At the same time, special agent Philip of the DEA is trying to catch the killer. He has a feeling that the target is going. When Dakota is attacked a couple times, it starts to look that way. But if that was not enough, the Mysterious Mirabilus has come to issue a challenge to Dakota. He is a magician that is famous for proving how many supposed magicians do their tricks. If he can duplicate the trick, the person looses. If he cannot, then the person wins a large sum of money. Of course Dakota is going to accept, he has been one of her role models. But first she has to survive the tattoo killer.

I really liked this book. I was instantly sucked in and I couldn’t wait to see what happened next. This has great concept and story is wonderful. Dakota is a lot stronger than she thought she was physically and magically.  I had no idea who the killer was until the end and then there was enough of a teaser to make me want to read the next book to find out what happens next.

Those that like paranormal fantasies will love this book. Now I can’t wait to get my hands on Blood Rock. This is one book that you won’t want to miss.

I received this book through the NetGalley program in exchange for a review.

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